Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016 Prism Award Winners Announced

Lytid TeraCascade laser source
The Prism Awards, held each year at Photonics West, are a celebration of the best in the light technologies industries. Chosen from over 130 applications, 3 semi-finalists were chosen in nine categories. Last night nine new products received the prestigious awards.
In this truly global industry, the winning products come from companies located in five countries. The products truly exemplify the range of applications covered by the many light technologies that make up the photonics industry, from a biomedical laser to a cinema-quality laser projector to a 3D metrology module used in fitness monitors, and more.

And the winners are:

  • Biomedical instrumentation

Biodesy (US). The Biodesy Delta uses an ultrafast mode-locked Ti:S laser to enable real-time protein analysis with greater sensitivity, lower cost, and high throughput. The optical system is effective in identifying first-in-class medicines against any protein target and enabling drug discovery against protein targets thought to be intractable.
  • Detectors and sensors

Spectral Engines (Finland). The Wireless IR Analyzer is a miniaturized, infrared spectrometer that can cover IR ranges above 1.7 um with no loss in performance. This pocket-size device offers fast and stabile operation, integrated data analysis algorithms, and a Bluetooth connection.
  • Displays and lighting

Dolby, Christie, and Necsel (US). In the Dolby Vision Cinema Laser Projector, three companies have created a cinema experience with high contrast, high brightness, a wide color gamut, and 3D performance.
  • Imaging and cameras

First Light Imaging (France).The C-RED One SWIR camera improves noninvasive detection and diagnostics for diseases and research, and will find applications  in astronomical, biomedical, industry, and defense imagery.
  • Industrial lasers

LightFab (Germany). The LightFab 3D enables true 3D structures in pure glasses without design limitations, making possible the mass production of micro 3D glass for fields such as as optics, precision mechanics, electronics, chemistry, and medicine.
  • Materials and coatings

Nanoco (UK). Non-toxic, cadmium-free quantum dots enable a broad range of new applications in display and lighting, from high-end televisions and horticulture lighting to bio-imaging and solar.
  • Optics and optical components

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (US). Large-aperture, low- size, weight, and power wide-angle beam steering enable electro-optics technologies for defense, aerospace, energy, automotive, and telecommunications, in applications from small satellites to agile long-range laser systems.
  • Other metrology instrumentation

4D Technology (US). The FlexCam is a compact, vibration-insensitive, high-resolution 3D metrology module that meets the need for fast, scalable, cost-effective defect and roughness metrology for flexible electronics, including wearable health/fitness monitors, organic LED displays, thin-film solar devices, and low-cost mobile devices.
  • Scientific lasers

Lytid (France). TeraCascade is a compact, user-friendly, easily transportable, high-frequency terahertz laser source that transforms state-of-the-art quantum cascade laser technology into a tool that works with nearly every terahertz detector on the market.
SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs said, "This year's winning products ingeniously deploy key photonics technologies such as quantum cascade and terahertz lasers, infrared sensing, and 3D printing, placing powerful new capabilities in the hands of users.". "They address pressing issues such as the world's need for sustainable energy and light, and clinicians' needs for quickly identifying the best drugs to target challenging diseases in time to saves lives and staunch outbreaks before they become epidemics. Products such as these provide highly effective means of demonstrating the vast potential of photonics technologies to serve humankind as well as to help grow world economies."

Celebrating the legacy of Teddi Laurin

Laurin Publishing President and CEO Thomas Laurin celebrated Teddi Laurin’s life and legacy in the photonics industry. "As we contemplate Teddi's impact on our business and on the photonics industry, we are reminded that she understood the need to recognize innovation and to applaud the companies that achieved it."
For a complete list of semi-finalists, read “Photonics West  2016 Prism Awards
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